1. An old-style UUCP electronic-mail address naming a sequence of hosts through which a message must pass to get from some assumed-reachable location to the addressee (a “source route”). So called because each hop is signified by a bang sign (exclamation mark). Thus, for example, the path
directs people to route their mail to computer bigsite (presumably a well-known location accessible to everybody) and from there through the computer foovax to the account of user me on barbox.
Before autorouting mailers became commonplace, people often published compound bang addresses using the convention (see glob) to give paths from *several* big computers, in the hope that one’s correspondent might be able to get mail to one of them reliably. e.g.
…!seismo, ut-sally, ihnp4!rice!beta!gamma!me
Bang paths of 8 to 10 hops were not uncommon in 1981. Late-night dial-up UUCP links would cause week-long transmission times. Bang paths were often selected by both transmission time and reliability, as messages would often get lost.
2. A shebang.
- Bang people’s heads together
bang people’s heads together verb phrase Used to denote forcing a group of people to cooperate (1957+)
a racehorse. noun a horse’s tail cut straight across but not through the bone a horse with a tail cut in this way (marketing) a type of envelope used in direct marketing in which a perforated tail can be used as an order form or response note noun A racehorse [1920+; fr the manner of […]
- Bang up
excellent; extraordinary. a loud, sudden, explosive noise, as the discharge of a gun. a resounding stroke or blow: a nasty bang on the head. Informal. a sudden movement or show of energy: He started with a bang. energy; vitality; spirit: The bang has gone out of my work. Informal. sudden or intense pleasure; thrill; excitement: […]
bastard mahogany. noun a myrtaceous Australian tree, Eucalyptus botryoides, valued for its hard red wood